Morten Bo Jensen, the chief designer at Vipp, and his partner, graphic designer Kristina May Olsen, live in a loft space in the former Viking pencil factory in the Islands Brygge in Copenhagen. Twin daughters Merle and Anine join their parents in the family’s kitchen, designed by Jensen for Vipp. He explains that his role as chief designer at Vipp is to “work with their DNA” by refining the company’s trademark materials: stainless steel, painted metal, and rubber. For the utilitarian kitchen, “we wanted to get the feeling of a tool,” he says. “It’s nice to have a space where you can actually work.” The gas stovetop is by ABK and the refrigerator is by Smeg; Le Perroquet spotlights are from iGuzzini. Photo by Anders Hviid.
Located in 1234 Howard, a 17-unit residential structure in San Francisco, this penthouse apartment's kitchen is dark, from the floor to the furnishings. The dining table is by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini; it's topped with an Aalto vase by Iittala. The chairs are by Ag Fronzoni for Cappellini. Photo by Dwight Eschliman.
Riffing on the Los Angeles phenomenon of people "murdering out" their cars—that is, removing all the trim and blacking everything out—architect Barbara Bestor and craftsman Eric Lamers covered most surfaces in this Los Angeles kitchen with matte black laminate, including the fridge and the overhead cabinets. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.
In paring back the Mill Valley residence he shares with his wife and Dwell founder Lara Deam, architect Chris Deam kept the color palette as simple as possible. Limiting the surfaces to either painted white or stained black allows colorful art, objects, furniture, and people to really pop. Photo by Dustin Aksland.